Patience for intoxicated Australian men in Queenstown is wearing thin after a weekend of drunken antics, police say.
Police have attended seven such incidents on Friday and Saturday, the New Zealand Herald reports.
In one case, Queenstown police arrested a man for disorderly behaviour after he went into a bakery, ate another customer's pie and refused to give his details to the officers.
He then vomited upon arrival at the police station, Fairfax reports.
Police also picked up a drunken man outside Queenstown airport at 7 am yesterday.
The man had taken his bags to the airport because he couldn't remember where he was staying and wanted to go home.
On Saturday, 27-year-old drunk man had to be fished out of the freezing waters of the Kawarau River after he jumped in during a jet boat ride.
He was arrested and referred to Mental Health Services, Fairfax reports.
Sergeant Mark Gill told Fairfax that considering the amount of tourists that came through Queenstown at this time of the year, the situation sounds worse than it actually is.
"It definitely is the busiest time of the year, and we get tourists from all over the world here, but by far and away the most we get are Australian.
Ministry of Economic Development figures indicate more than 1.1 million Aussies travelled through Queenstown Airport in 2010.
Gill told Fairfax these sorts of problems will always occur, but "as a rule" Australians were generally no worse than anyone else."These are probably proportionate to the amount of Australians that are coming in, and because we are a rural police area and don't have the presence like a metropolitan area such as Christchurch or Wellington, we do need to exercise more discretion."
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